Variant covers are an accepted practice in comics publishing and collecting, but is Diamond enforcing its own rules on minimum orders? Retailer Brian Hibbs looks at the plusses and minuses of the world of variants.
It’s Tony Shenton, not Diamond, who’s getting some competition from this one woman start up.
Our story begins a few years ago, when I was still managing another comic shop in the city. A man walked into the store, smiling and humming to himself. “Interesting place you got here,” he said, slowly stepping his way through the store, eyes scanning the walls in wonderment. “Why thank you,” I replied, choosing […]
We asked Marvel a few questions about their plans to use GeoTargeted digital advertising to drive customer into comic shops and here’s what we found out: There are plans in place to expand the program to Twitter, Facebook and banner advertising, but the initial roll out will be email. “Fans who subscribe, not only to […]
After this weekend’s 2017 Toy Fair, ours and many other website have been a flutter with toy news. With such heavy internet traffic, there are a few thing that might have slipped under the radar. I’ve picked a few of my favorites to bring up with all you collectors out there. Okay, so this one […]
As we’ve told you before, the annual ComicsPRO meeting is going on right now, hence the steady flow of news. Boom! Studios president of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik delivered a presentation for Boom this afternoon and announced a new full returnability program for books such as The Empty Man, which will be a Fox feature film […]
Comics sales barely went up last year, as Diamond reported an overall 0.3% rise in comics and GNs in 2016. The figures were part of a presentation at ComicsPRO as reported by Matt Price at Nerdage: Periodical sales were down a tetch in dollars but up a tetch in units: Diamond Comic Distributors announced that, when combining comics […]
The annual ComicsPRo meeting is taking place in Memphis as I write this, a gathering of comics retailers and ann the most important vendors and publishers. It’s closed to the press and by all accounts, its the most important working conference of the year (but see my post on C3 a bit later.) I’ve already heard rumblings of […]
It’s the beginning of a new month, which means retailers have just sent another batch of initial orders off to Diamond to butcher, and another set of data has arrived. Diligent retailers will have already started digging through the information, building a game plan for the next few weeks. This tends to be a large […]
Welcome to the end of the world as we know it. Walk with me into the maw of the abyss, dear friends. It’s time to talk comics retail in 2017.